Currently found in 20 percent of households, liquid laundry pacs — those small, dissolvable “pods” of concentrated cleaning solution that’s an easier, more effective option than liquid or powder detergents — are quickly becoming just another part of a family’s daily routine.
The only problem? If that family has young kids, the risks that come with such a seemingly simple task skyrocket. In fact, these liquid laundry pacs have caused the deaths of two children since their inception. Safe Kids Worldwide provided a few other startling statistics:
- More than 33,000 calls were made to poison centers for laundry pac incidents since 2012. That’s one call every hour.
- More than 700 children age 5 and under experienced serious effects after getting into laundry pacs in two years alone. That’s an average of one child per day.
- Children requiring hospitalization have suffered from difficulty breathing, excessive vomiting, vision loss, severe eye burns, and loss of consciousness.
- Children deemed to be at the greatest risk are 1- and 2-year-olds.
- Although 80 percent of parents don’t think their kids can reach their laundry pacs, a national survey deduced that three million households with children under 4 keep the containers on the washer.
- 36 percent of incidents happen when the product is outside of the container.
Consumer Reports has gone so far as to deem the products too dangerous to recommend, especially when other products on the market provide no such risk. (The reason injury incidents haven’t been reported with previous forms of detergents is because “liquid packets are so handy for little fingers,” Kate Carr, the CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, told POPSUGAR. “It’s harder for a child to get into a heavy jug of liquid detergent.”)
Instead of pulling the products from its shelves, however, Proctor & Gamble, the company that makes Tide Pods, launched a…